Indonesia’s Low Carbon Development Initiative Kicks-Off in Bali

On 6 August 2020, the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), together with the Provincial Government of Bali (Regional Development Planning Agency Bali), led a kick-off meeting for Bali to be one of Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) pilot provinces. Bali follows West Java and Central Java as the third pilot province for implementation of the LCDI, which are supported by PAGE Indonesia.  

In the meeting a logframe was agreed upon and, consistent with the other pilot provinces, PAGE has committed to support the implementation of LCDI in Bali, through provincial model development and enhancement, capacity-building for mainstreaming LCDI approach into the Regional Medium-term Development Plan, technical assistance to formulate the provincial Low Carbon Development Plan, as well as an assessment on alternative financing schemes for LCDI.  

The LCDI was launched by Bappenas in 2017 to identify development policies that maintain economic growth, alleviate poverty, and help meet sector-level development targets, while simultaneously helping Indonesia achieve its climate objectives, and preserve and improve the country’s natural resources. It aims to explicitly incorporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets and environment considerations into the development planning framework that will shape the economic and social trajectories. The LCDI approach has been incorporated into the National Medium-term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024, which considered as the first green national development plan in Indonesia. Coordinated by Bappenas, the implementation of LCDI brings together multi-stakeholders from the Government of Indonesia, development partners, distinguished experts, and civil society.  

Following the provincial LCDI generic/macro model, which was developed in previous months, the expert modelling team has begun collecting sectoral data from the West Java province to validate the LCDI provincial macro model. This process will be followed by enhancement of the macro model for each of the three LCDI pilot provinces under PAGE’s support (West Java, Central Java, and Bali) taking into account the provincial characteristic, development landscape, and most importantly provincial data. Moving forward, the enhanced provincial model will be a vital tool to review the existing Medium-term Regional Development Plan 2018-2023 (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Daerah/RPJMD) and to formulate the provincial Low Carbon Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Rendah Karbon Daerah/RPRKD). The enhanced provincial model will also be used by each province to mainstream the LCDI approach/policies into its next Regional Medium-term Development Plan/RPJMD (2024-2029).